Spring Pins or Pin-backs? March 05 2012 3 Comments
Question from Kelona 05/03/2012
Hi Button Guy! What is the difference between the pin-back button sets that come in 3 pieces (shell, mylar, pin back) vs. four pieces (shell, mylar, collet with separate pin? I notice some companies sell both. What is the purpose of the 4pc set? How is it used? and why do companies sell both?
Firstly here are some photos to see what we are discussing:
PIN-BACK BUTTON PARTS WITH PIN ALREADY INSERTED
SPRING PIN BUTTON PARTS USING A SPRING PIN THAT IS INSERTED AFTER MAKING THE BUTTON.
Standard pin-backs are only available for 1-1/4" buttons or larger. Spring Pins come standard with buttons smaller than 1-1/4" so that is the 1" and 7/8" button sizes. They have Spring Pin backs only. This is actually because the pin-back pins are too big for 1" or smaller buttons.
Spring pins are also made for the 1-1/4" and 2-1/4" sizes and I think it is simply because people like and want them. I see no real advantage for the end-user as pinbacks tend to stay on better and longer than spring pins. Also spring pin buttons take longer to make as adding the spring pin is an additional step. Spring pins are in some cases slightly cheaper because the manufacturer does not pay to pin the back..... the end-user does it for them.
So if you have a button maker that is 1-1/4" or larger you have the choice of pin-back or spring pin. If your button maker is 1" or smaller you have no choice.
If anyone out there sees an advantage to spring pins that I have missed do let me know!! But personally, when they are available I would go for pin-backs (with the built in pin).
From: KELONA [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: March-05-12 9:00 AM
To: The Button Guy - People Power Press
Subject: Message from KELONA
What is the difference between the pin-back button sets that come in 3 pieces (shell, mylar, pin back) vs. four pieces (shell, mylar, collet with separate pin? I notice some companies sell both. What is the purpose of the 4pc set? How is it used? and why do companies sell both?
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